Weekend State Funeral For Former Taoiseach

The State Funeral of former Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald is to take place on Sunday afternoon.

The Queen has already described him as a "true statesman" who would be greatly missed and tomorrow, from 11.00 am until 7.00pm, members of the public can also pay their respects to his coffin and sign the book of Condolence in the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dublin.

A formal reception of Dr. FitzGerald's remains will be held at the Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 at 8.00pm on Saturday and, following the service there will be a further opportunity for members of the public to file past the coffin and to offer their condolences to the family.
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A burial mass will be held on Sunday at 2.30pm at the Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook.

Burial will take place in Shanganagh Cemetry, Old Bray Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin.

Mr FitzGerald served twice as Taoiseach between 1981 and 1987 at the head of two coalition governments.

He retired from the Dail in 1992, but still took part in political campaigns, particularly on the Nice and Lisbon Treaties.

He lectured in economics before he was elected to the Seanad (the Irish Senate) in 1965 and the Dail in 1969.

When Fine Gael entered government in 1973 he was appointed as Foreign Affairs Minister.

He played a leading role in the Sunningdale Agreement negotiations which led to the short-lived power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland.


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